Grants Awarded to WRF

WRF is proud to partner with federal and state agencies, as well as non-profit foundations, on important research topics. Over the years, WRF has won research grants from agencies including, but not limited to, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Defense, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the California Energy Commission, the California State Water Resources Control Board, and the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR). Several current grants are listed below.

California State Water Board Grant

In 2018, The Water Research Foundation received a grant totaling $4.5M from the California State Water Resources Control Board to support non-potable and potable reuse research. This funding has been leveraged by WRF and other key partners, including Metropolitan Water District (CA), utilities in CA and across the US, engineering firms, and manufacturing companies to fund WRF reuse research launched in 2017–2019.

> Learn more about the California State Water Board grant


This ESTCP (Environmental Security Technology Certification Program) proposal funded by the Department of Defense focuses on benchmarking existing and emerging treatment approaches for PFAS in groundwater, including granular activated carbon (GAC), ion exchange (IX), high-pressure membranes and superfine powdered activated carbon and microfiltration (sPAC/MF) at the laboratory scale.

> Learn more about the DOD grant

DOE Process Controls Grant

Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, this project will demonstrate the integration of data-driven process controls for maximization of energy and resource efficiency at water resource recovery facilities.

> Learn more about the process controls grant

EPA Biosolids Grant

The overall goal of this research is to address key data gaps in our understanding of the occurrence and fate of unregulated organic chemicals (UOCs) in biosolids when land is applied and identify which UOCs in biosolids-amended soils may pose a high risk to human and ecosystem health.

> Learn more about the biosolids grant

EPA Stormwater Life Cycle Costs Grant

CLASIC (Community-enabled Lifecycle Analysis of Stormwater Infrastructure Costs) is a user-informed screening tool that utilizes a lifecycle cost framework to support stormwater infrastructure decisions on extent and combinations of green, hybrid green-gray, and gray infrastructure practices. There are three integrated components in the CLASIC tool: (a) Life Cycle Cost; (b) Performance; and (c) Co-Benefits.

> Learn more about CLASIC

EPA Nutrients/HABs Grant

Funded through the Environmental Protection Agency, this grant promotes scientific progress towards preventing and controlling harmful algal blooms (HABs).  This project is focused on one aspect of the grant opportunity:  to evaluate the scale-up of emerging nutrient treatment technologies and develop new technologies.

> Learn more about the nutrients/HABs grant

National Priorities Reuse Grant

Through a concerted focus on community acceptance and robust technical design, this project funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will show decision-makers and community leaders how reuse can address environmental and social needs in their communities.

> Learn more about the National Priorities grant

NSF Waste Reduction/Resource Recovery

This project, funded by the National Science Foundation, aims to partner with communities to meet their community waste reduction goals through scaled implementation of urine diversion systems.

> Learn more about the NSF waste reduction/resource recovery grant